But for me it is good to be near God;
I have made the Lord God my refuge,
that I may tell of all Thy works.
(Psalm 73:25)
Walking past the pew,
Feeling the presence,
Impressions remaining,
The voice still heard.
No longer there in body,
Yet still part of the Body,
His church, our family.
Past presence in the present.

 Living on.

We, often, strive to continue past our demise by leaving a legacy through money, statues, status, writings, songs, acting, deeds, honors, awards, patents, wills, children, more and more–so we humans can live on. Yet, nothing continues forever here. Human legacies fail, crumble, are forgotten, and succumb to mortality.
19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:19-20)
A legacy that lives on must be from the inside, in a heart where God dwells. The influence of His Light helps others see that a true, abiding presence in this world is His Presence within.
What presence will we leave behind,
To carry on beyond our passing,
Lingering in thoughts and hearts,
Dwelling in moments remembered.
Our legacy, human and temporal;
His legacy, divine and eternal.
Christ within, impressions remain,
                                                His Words and Love living on.
34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
(John 13:34-35)

(Sharon G. Tate blog 02/07/21)  Meditations on God’s Word